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? that is it for "the five." thank you for watching. see you here tomorrow. ♪ ♪ >> bret: is president obama really ready to go to war over iran's nuclear program? one israeli leader says the u.s. is not chicken. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. from the israeli government perspective, a country living with the threat of a nuclear iran possibly. president obama said the right things. during his visit about making sure iran does not get a nuclear weapon. at least one israeli leader is convinced if push comes to shove and military action is needed, the u.s. will be right alongside israel. amid the talk of war, though, the president is also pushing for peace between israelis and palestinians. that effort take a different tone on a specific issue today. chief white house correspondent ed henry is traveling with the president and reports from jerusalem. >> president obama spent a second day in jerusalem showing he is mending fences with israeli leaders to get upclose look at the dead sea scrolls and later trying to go around the leaders to appeal to the young people of
, a special edition, live from jerusalem. rolling out the red carpet. president obama arrives in israel, his first visit as president. >> it's a beautiful day. >> good to see you. >> good to see you, too. how are you? good to see you. thank you so much. >> it's wonderful to be here. how are you, my friend? >> good to see you. >> thank you so much. >> the president's talking points, hitting the restart button with netanyahu and ensuring the israeli people that america has than back and won't let iran get a nuclear weapon. >> this is my third visit to israel, so let me just say -- [ speaking foreign language ] >>> the united states of america stands with the state of israel, because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >>> across the runway, the president then was given a way to check out his the missile defense system that the u.s. helped pay for. the two leaders are now huddled tess prime minister's house, where in an hour they will hold a joint news confe
. >> shepard: we have seen some light-hearted moments i guess you will during president obama's first day in israel. but one of them is not usually a laughing matter. those so-called red lines. remember this at the united nations last year? prime minister netanyahu drew a red line on a cartoon bomb? part of a warning about iran's nuclear program. well, today in israel, the prime minister wasted no time showing the president a different sort of red line. look at this. >> where do you want to start? i would love to take a look. >> following the red line. red line all the time >> bill: i wonder who sent out the blue tie memo. amusing moment between two leaders whose relationship has some observers saying it's kind of tense. and on this day in 1916, albert einstein published his ground-breaking general theory of relativity. it all started about a decade earlier after the 26-year-old genius earned his doctorate. he just developed one of his first major theories focusing on time and space. then he began working on a new concept that included the presence are of gravity. says he came up with it
. this is a lifestyle that is one of excess. >> bill: is that true? is mr. obama living like a sultan in the white house? we'll hear what michele bachmann has to say. >> we are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president's dog. >> bill: and give you the facts. >> our marines were trained there in hawthorne and with the sequester it's going to cut this stuff back. >> bill: senator harry reid blaming budget cuts for the death of seven marines in nevada. but the marine corps is furious about that. >> marine corps officials this afternoon are taking a strong exception to what harry reid implied. >> bill: we'll have the inside story. >> you have got to ease up. take it easy. >> bill: dennis miller takes a look at the barack obama satan controversy as stephan seagull meeting putin in moscow. >> i want to take you to the bank, to the blood bank. >> caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. america today and the iraq war. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. it was 10 yea
. [applause] ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. president obama finally today making his case for peace in the middle east while making his strongest defense ofof that jury state. the president making it clear today that if it -- the defense of his route comes first. >> make no mistake that those who are here to the ad -- adhered to the ideology of rejecting israel's right to exist that might as well reject the earth beneath them are the sky above because israel is not going anywhere. @%pplause] lou: president obama speaking to students in jerusalem today shortly after a trip to the west bank with joint press conference or a joint press conference with palestinian president where he urged t palestine national authority come back to the bargaining table. president obama insisted both sides is our peas and both sides will need to make concessions for any sort of lasting peace to exist in suggesting the framework of t deal is already before them. >> if we can get direct negotiations started again i believe that the shape of a potential deal is there. lou: president obama recognizing the ob
and president obama goes back in time, biblical times. >>> and with congress poised for its first fight over gun it is, the white house prepares to ramp up the pressure. i will talk to a connecticut congressman. >>> first, topping political headlines, the senate passed a budget for the first time in four years. like the student these once were, they pull and all-nighter and wrapped up voting around 5 a.m. now, they head off on spring break for two weeks. but all is not necessarily well in the democratic dorm room there were four democratic senators who voted against the budget plan, all of whom are up for re-election and one, frank lautenberg from new jersey, he didn't vote at all. meanwhile, politico reporting senator tim johnson from south dakota not planning to run again in 2014. that puts yet another democratic seat in play. another notable democratic senator planning to step down, michigan's carl levin. yesterday on her facebook page, former governor jennifer granholm announced not to run for his seat. >>> and the president is on his way home right now. president obama spent four days in th
the israeli press. now president obama takes his charm offensive directly to the israeli people. in a major speech he delivered about the importance of israel and the importance of peace with the palestinians. the audience of students helped him deal with a heckler. >> oh no. >> this is part of the live lyre debate we talked about. this is good. >> i have to say we arranged for that, because it made me feel at home. >> you know i -- i wouldn't feel comfortable if i didn't have at least one heckler. >> the president used the forum to deliver another stern warning to the assad regime in syria next door. >> we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists. the world is watching, we will hold you accountable. >> and he was cheered for his commitment on iran. >> america will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed iran. >> earlier in the west bank, president obama met with the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas. only hours after a stark reminder of the region's dangers as militants in gaza fired several rockets into so
" is following breaking news out of israeli. president obama will be holding a joint news conference with benjamin netanyahu. following a would closed-door meeting between those two leaders. as the assad regime and syrian rebels accuse each other of launching deadly chemical and launching a deadly chemical attack just hours before the president's arrival. the white house at this point says it cannot con official those claims. this trip to israel is the first for the president. this is a four-day middle east trip. he was greeted by netanyahu and israeli president perez. before leaving the a airport, president obama was shown the israeli air force system which the u.s. helped pay for. he met with president perez and took part in a ceremonial tree planting. >> there is a common vision uniting us. to confirm dangers. to bring closure as soon as possible. >> i reaffirm president perez, as i will throughout my visit, that in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. right now as president meets with prime minister netanyahu, major issues, like syria
armies. no government is good at the work of nation building, including ours. then there is the obama wave. find and concord. i do not want america to be in the business of turning every land into combat for democracy -- not democracy. >> they decide they will go to kill some americans. what difference does it make? >> is she there? you, and thank you for being nice to paul. i want to answer this. of course we are the world's policeman. it has been left to us. the extent we are unwilling prevent our people kids from going to school, we are the world's bullies. what we are not is the world's social worker. the false obligation to bring universal sovereign two countries, to make sure people can listen to madonna, these are worthy goals. we are good at the big tasks. building roads, opposing armies. no one is as good at nation building, including ours. >> next question, and, tucker, you will go first. federal debt does not matter. we can stimulate our way to prosperity. >> you are insane for suggesting such a notion. i believe that that matters because i believe in math. here's what i kn
states of america, "atem lo levad." [ applause ] >> you are notly alone. >> president barack obama addressed a young audience this week in israel's capital, jerusalem, at its convention center on his first presidential visit to israel. the speech was up-beat, even rousing, but the language measured, even guarded, with state department edits poking through. >> peace is possible. it is possible. [ applause ] >> i'm not saying it's guaranteed. i can't even say that it is more likely than not, but it is possible. i know there must be something exhausting about endless talks about talks and daily controversies and just the grinding status quo. i'm sure there's a temptation just to say, ah, enough, let me focus on my small corner of the world and my family and my job and what i can control. but it's possible. negotiations will be necessary but there's a little secret about where they must lead. twfor two peoples. two states for two peoples. >> question, was president obama's speech to college students in israel and the trip itself designed to reset u.s.- israeli relations that were badly
, deans on the professional staff. now, imagine if the obama administration felt the same responsibility to manage the federal government in the same way. >> a sequester for the university. all right. jason? >> this is a miss for new york governor andrew cuomo who wants to extend the temporary tax increase on high income earners in the state after promising to let it expire. for the second time extending that temporary tax increase. do you think voters would learn after a while they're being played here? apparently not. out in california governor jerry brown sold californians on a temporary tax increase for high income earners in his state. i guess the blue state liberals never learn. >> paul: bret? >> briefly a hit for pope francis off to a fantastic start and i think this is obviously true for catholics and even as a non-catholic you see a pope getting out and mingling with people and showing love and humility to the people assemblying by the hundreds of thousands in rome to see him. next week, he's going to go and wash the feet of inmates in a prison for young offenders and this is th
, top obama architect of that law admitting the obvious, the healthcare law is messy. you think? nothing he neglected to point out a few years ago when the warning could have come in handy. too late. we're knee-deep now and it's costing us through the nose. premiums going up much more than they said. doctors dropping out of their professions, much more than they feared. fine mess, i'm sure, in the fine print. where i'm equally sure there was a blanket policy for policy that would provide no blanket no, warmth, no protection, guarantee you could keep your doctor or plan. no plan. if only the guys read was what they wrote. fine print or no, it's law of the land. the ship sailed and we're all on the same ship. kind of like the carnival passengers. just discovering, even in a sinking cruise, offer you won't guarantee you won't up a be in deep ship. so senator, this is for you. healthcare got to be a huge deal. it is right and left phenomenon. we are digging a ditch at 8:00 p.m. tonight. i am going to be all over it. it will stop. >> andrea: hello, everyone. i'm andrea tantaros with bob becke
lobbyists who got him back in the election, he's nuts. he lost the male vote. it was the obama coalition of union voters, young voters who put harry reid back in office. people like harry reid give the gun lobby far too much credit. >> sam, what's your reaction to that? >> they say the same thing, that the nra has trumped that. and the only thing i would add to that is this. we've seen a lot of recent pollings, specifically background checks, and it's universally popular. i don't see any other issue polling at 90% popularity. if you read specific issues it might dip. this is a noncontroversial bill. it would be surprising to me if democrats felt concerned or nervous about voting for it and i think harry reid recognized that and that's why he's going forward with this in the baseline bill. >> according to "the washington post," these individual gun safety measures have overwhelming support with the public. you know, they have 6 in 10 people, 57% support a been on assault weapons, a majority, obviously. 82% think illegal sales should constitute a crime and 91% support background checks at
. >> question, was president obama's speech to college students in israel and the trip itself designed to reset u.s.- israeli relations that were badly strained and president obama's first term? >> yeah, john, and you're right, it's an israeli-u.s. reset, and i think it was a great success. i think the president's speech was outstanding to the young israelis. i think it was full of realism and idealism. what he has done, he has walked away from the idea that israel has to stop building settlements, and as a reality there's not going to be any palestinian state as long as you have the president meeting with netanyahu, lieberman, and those folks in power, but i do think there's been a reset in relations with israel. but john with the whole middle east, look at muslim brotherhood in egypt, hamas, gaza, the jordanian king is in trouble, syria is about to collapse in anarchy. you've got hezbollah in lebanon. i think that whole area is moving the other direction. if i were the president of the united states, i believe what he wants to do and ought to do is get out of dodge. >> eleanor. >> i can't rem
of the united states. >> so long as there is a united states of america -- >> president obama is set to give a major speech. >> a high-profile address. [ speaking in foreign language ] you are not alone. >> this is the visit the israeli people wanted to see. >> it is an important speech. >> the centerpiece -- >> america will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed iran. >> president obama spoke directly. >> the speech that extended close to 50 minutes, president obama tackled the two-state solution. >> the united states is deeply committed. the time is now. >> no wall is high enough, no iron dome is strong enough. >> there is so much symbolism here. >> israel is not going anywhere. >> no doubt, this visit has been a success. >> get ready, america, for a brand new republican party. >> i know what our principles are. >> marriage is between one man and one woman. >> i know our party believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. >> the future of their party is at risk here. >> we have a party that's going to be inconclusive. >> this is something we should allow people to do. >> peo
for our ole pal crystal izz acht. >> i need a fix. ♪ i'm going down." >>> president obama's middle east tour treks on just hours after militants fire rockets out of gaza. >>> big moves back in washington as paul ryan's budget gets said for a vote in the house and vice president joe biden says the white house is not giving up on an assault weapons ban. >>> plus, as the pentagon ponders pumping more millions into guantanamo, a senior u.s. military leader offers some candid comments about the obama administration's failure to shut it down. >> good morning. >> the national school of character. >> today is march 21st, 2013. >> and this is "the daily rundown." >>> thanks so much to the first grade class at the lielyles-cro traditional academy. good morning, how can you not be happy about that. i even got a shoutout as you heard. chuck todd is in ramallah with the president and we'll be hearing from him in just a minute. >>> president obama left jerusalem this morning to head to the west bank where he met with president mahmoud abbas. he was greeted by a crowd this morning as only the third si
jay carney was asked about it. i believe it was today. >> to your knowledge has president obama made any effort to meet with or speak with any of the benghazi survivors himself? >> we don't talk about specifics in terms of the president's visits to walter reid. >> or elsewhere? >> i don't have anything for you on that. i don't have the answer to that question. >> eric: asking carney about the allegedly 33 eyewitnesses, survivors of benghazi. your halts? >> greg: they keep saying we went to a republican president, coverup. when it's a democratic president, just shut up. where are the 33 survivors? these people were part of a horrible event. no one heard from them. >> eric: they have the film. >> bob: they have hidden it some place. >> dana: maybe the f.b.i. has interviewed them. it's strange that it has gone on this long. i understand why people are concerned about it. if you talk to the 33 people you don't get to the key question asking who pushed the video? they had nothing to do with that. they might be upset that the video was used as an excuse and it wasn't true. you have won't f
, everybody. president obama today reacting to reported, but unsubstantiated claims of the use of chemical weapons threatening the syrian regime led by a dictator. president obama made his declaration during a joint news conference with israel's prime minister. the first day of his first trip to israel as presidents. >> i had made clear at the use of chemical weapons is a game changer. any more horrific gains. i believe that if the regime has lost all credibility and legitimacy. lou: making an effort to assure the israeli people that america has throwback in regards to ending the iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons and that any decision by netanyahu to protect the nation's security is his to make while pointing out that both israel and the united states are squarely on the same page. >> not a lot of daylight between our countries assessments in terms of where a run is right now. i would not expect that the prime minister would make a decision about his country's security and to defer that to any other country. lou: and whether contrived or truly good will, the previously frosty relations be
. >>> and on the eve of president obama's trip to the middle east, andrea joins us live from israel with a look at what to expect. >>> but first an extended st. patrick's day celebration at the white house as the president hosts ireland's prime minister. >> i want to welcome you, thank you for giving me an excuse to break out my green tie. >> it's a real opportunity to celebrate st. patrick's week, i have a second tie for the president if he so wishes and of course, there is a standing open invitation to president obama to come back to ireland. >>> i'm luke russert live in washington, we'll check in with andrea, who is in jerusalem in a moment. but first, breaking news out of nevada -- the u.s. military says an overnight live fire training accident at the hawthorne army depot in western nevada has killed at least seven marines. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski joins me with the latest. obviously this happened late last night. the news started breaking this morning. what have we learned in the last few hours since i spoke to you? >> well, as you said, luke, this occurred during a liv
ahead. >>> on president obama's trip to israel. today was big speech day, highly anticipated, very warmly received, particularly the part he went off script and surprised everyone. we will have details on that coming up. >>> in washington tonight, the congress packed up and went home. they are taking two weeks off as of tonight. nice work if you can get it, right? before they left, they passed a spending bill that will avoid the threat of a government shutdown next week. not shutting down the whole federal government used to be the kind of thing you could reasonably expect from your congress, the kind of thing they get done as a matter of course. under house speaker john boehner, not shutting down the government has become a notable achievement for this congress. mozle top on that. a low bar. >>> house republicans also voted today again for the paul ryan budget. democrats are very excited about that because they plan to use that vote against republicans in campaign ads for the next election. we have the one and only ezra klein here momentarily to sort out what's important about wha
. >>> president obama is heckled and praised in the middle east as he tries to shore up support but syria may be the most urge interpriority. >>> stock trading on wall street slows as march madness kicks into high gear. >>> plus, how did this guy lose almost $4 billion over 24 hours? the marking genius between american eagle's skinny jeans and that powerball jackpot is headed past $320 million. >>> the murder investigation into the shooting death of the head of colorado's prison system is taking a new turn. the authorities are turning their folk thus mornicus to tex. texas police pulled over a speeding car thursday, one matching a description of a vehicle seen near tom clemens home at the time of the shooting. the driver identified as evan spencer ables sped away from texas police after shooting a deputy multiple times. officers caught up to the car when it slammed into an 18 wheeler and the suspect came out guns blazing. >> he wasn't planned on being taken alive. it's obvious he was trying to hurt somebody and he was trying to hurt the police. >> this morning the man is considered brain dead
president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hold a historic news conference in jerusalem. there are lots of conflicting reports today about a possible chemical weapons attack in syria and we are told that will be one of the top issues that we'll hear about right here in the next 50 minutes. and welcome to "america live," i'm megyn kelly. right now, president obama and the israeli prime minister are meeting behind closed doors. we expect to hear them both within the hour. the president's trip comes at a dangerous time for the jewish state and the entire region. to israel's west, questions about the muslim brotherhood and political stability in egypt. and to the east, syria, in the grips of an allout civil war and just 24 hours ago we received reports that chemical weapons may have been used against one side or the other. and of course, there is the constant threat from iran which president obama himself warned could be less than a f having a nuclear weapon. so as we await this historical-making news conference we want to check in with our own leland vittert live with the h
in additional aid, and mr. obama also pushed back at some criticisms of why the u.s. has not intervened militarily in syria. take a listen. >> you know, i think it's fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily it's criticized, and if it doesn't go in militarily, then people say why aren't you doing something militarily? and, you know, my response at this stage is to make sure that what we do contributes to bringing an end to the bloodshed as quickly as possible. >> reporter: the president should be back in the u.s. just shy of midnight tonight, but while mr. obama heads home, secretary of state john kerry is remaining in the region. he has a pair of meetings today, one of them with the palestinian president mahmoud abbas. that's taking place in jordan. another one that will take place over dinner with the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu of israel. just another signal of just how important this issue is to the administration as they're showing once again their commitment to try to revive these peace talks. alex? >> all right, pet
as president obama wraps up a three-day visit to the middle east. >>> plus, a man accused of murdering his social lite wife pulls a stunt and gets his trial delayed. we'll tell you about it, it's all "happening now." ♪ jon: well, president obama is on the final day of his trip to israel in the middle east. air force one just landed in jordan where the president is about to meet with king ab abdullah, one of america's closest arab allies. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now," i'm jon scott. uma: and i'm uma. on the agenda today will be the huge influx of refugees into jordan from syria's civil war, and king abdullah has voiced fears islamic terrorists could create a base in his country. meanwhile, president obama spending his last day in israel paying his respects at two memorial sites solemnly reaffirming the jewish state's right to exist. lelandleland vittert is now jois live from jerusalem with more. >> reporter: we started with ceremony in the morning today, and now as president obama has landed in jordan, this turns to really hard core, nitty-gritty diplomatic work of tryin
, but not the case today. here is obama with someone who he had a prickly if not distant relationship with. >> obama: i did enough the prime minister that they're very good looking young men who clearly got their good looks from their more. >> i could say the same thing of you're daughters. >> michael: when in doubt go to the children and that's what they did to break the ice. you'll remember netanyahu sported romney in the 2012 election. they were very good friends and his support was overt and vocal. let's go to netanyahu. he brought up things--first at the press conference, and here are some of the things he talked about. >> israel remains fully committed to peace and to the solution of two states for two peoples. we extend our hands in peace and in friendship to the palestinian people. i hope that your visit along with the visit of secretary of state kerry will help us turn a page in our relations with the palestinians. >> michael: tom president obama will be going to palestine to meet with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. here is more on at that same press conference. >> obama: i'm pleased
president, barack obama. >> you have the opportunity to be the generation that permanently procures. >> the speech was build as the centerpiece to the trip to the middle east. he met with tomasky president and appealed for peace between the israelis and palestinians. obama: if we can get direct negotiations started again, i will that the shape of a potential deal is there. michael: that's action's tahman bradley covering the president in israel. today, there was a palestinian bomb blast in southern israel, but it has been a fairly amicable and quiet time while the president has been there. we are fortunate to discuss the president's trip with david siegel the consul. tell me about what you were he can specking from the president's trip before it even happened. i had very low expectations. >> i think there have been low expectations if the general press, but i think we were very excited about this trip. it's his first trip to israel as president of the united states we're the first country in the second term that he chose to go to. his mental in terms of the past present, future, the
cost you at aflac.com. >>> president obama still believes in change you can believe in. it's friday, march 22nd and this is "now." >>> joining me today, political editor and white house correspondent, at the hu "huffington post" and as msnbc contributor, sam stein. vice president of demos, heather mcagree, politico's political reporter jake sherman and bloomberg's senior national correspondent, josh green. >>> president obama is now ming with jordan's kill abdullah. they're expected to discuss the civil war in syria as well as prospects for peace between israel and the palestinians. yesterday the president delivered a speech filled with optimism and hard truths to a room filled with israeli students, beyond endorsing a two-state solution, the president asserted that forging a lasting peace is a matter of civil rights. couching it the broader question of what it means to be a democracy. a return to the signature themes of the 2008 campaign and the early days of his presidency. as he outlined in cairo in 2009, the president began by affirming america's respect and its commitment. >> i
out of syria chemical weapons were used in that war as president obama arrives it -- in israel and a country that shares a border. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to america's newsroom. martha: i'm martha maccallum. this is very serious story. president obama may soon have to act. mike rogers chairs the intel committee in the house. his counterpart in the senate, dianne feinstein, both say based on briefings they received very high probability that syria's regime used weapons of mass destruction. that has been called a red line issue by president obama who warned syria's dictator bashar al-assad that he should not cross that line. bill: the white house has been briefed and the white house has to make some decisions in this. i think the days are becoming more desperate and the regime is more desperate and we know where the chemical weapons are, end quote. peter doocy leads the coverage in washington. how certain are the lawmakers that chemical weapons have been used, peter? >> reporter: not 100% certain, bill but senator feinstein says lawmakers have seen the same intelligence the whit
for the first time as commander-in-chief. president obama and israeli president shimon peres about to speak live in jerusalem. it is all "happening now." jenna: an investigation is underway today after an explosion during a training exercise kills at least seven u.s. marines. the caveat there, at least. we're still watching as people recover in the hospital. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. investigators are to figure out what caused a mortar shell to go off as it was being loaded. the tragic accident happening at a base in hawthorne, nevada monday night sending shrapnel into troops that were there from camp lejeune, north carolina. officials say the pentagon is halting the use of the weapons until investigators can determine they can be used safely. national security correspondent jennifer griffin live at the pentagon for us now. anything more we know, general about how the marines were killed? >> reporter: what we know that the 60-millimeter mortar exploded inside the tube. they're looking was it a fuse issue? was it a lot issue? was there an issue of double loading? officiall
bills to decipher the cuts and because obama and the democrats arrange the cuts to affect the military in the most severe ways that harry reid caused the murders? >> dana: andrea, andrea, andrea, that is just too logical and make sense to be true. and allen west thinks it's not good enough for the read office to say that it was absurd and unsubstantiateed. he thinks apology is needed. this is despicable. it's time that the american people demand more and have reid held accountable for the statement he made. to impugn the training of the marine corps to make the point is horrific. >> a marine official told fox news i don't how they link the accident to budget cuts because it wouldn't cause marines to operate in unsafe positions. >> he opponented out it was preplanned, prior to sequestration. anything that goes wrong in the economy, accident, tragic accident like this, paint it like sequestration. for some reason, it's the republicans' fault, somehow, trying to make the link. look to the usda, e-mails or the national park, this is cheap political props. on the back of marines pretty tick
, the obama administration said that we love to have the flexibility to go in and slice the funding as we see fit, as it should be be managed, we don't have that flexibility because of the way the law is written. so there is talk providing that in military areas, but in areas like this it's hard to see unless there's a ground swell for a short-term solution to he restore the money. >> greta: and i thought the republicans offered the flexibility to the white house and white house declined it. >> they offered it on the defense side and it may happen. they said they want it as part of a broader package over the sequester, but we're getting to the point look, the sequester is the law, it's happened, the cuts are implemented. i think there's going to be more pressure to say, wait a second, back this up and find it in the civilian area and find something that shouldn't be cut and we cut it. >> greta: or find $137,000 whatever the number is, in waste in the department of education and they won't. thank you. >> thank you. >> greta: on capitol hill, a debate the homeland security department released 2
public that although president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hasn't had necessarily the coziest of relationships, that the two countries are still aligned to one another. in fact, the israeli embassy in washington released this video that we're about to show you to just show the connection between the two countries. >> warmly welcome president obama to israel. to express our appreciation for what he has done for us. >> the bond between the united states and israel are unbreakable. and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is ironclad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ traveled down the road >> reporter: so obviously president obama and prime minister netanyahu may not have had the coziest of relationships, but the two countries are reaffirming their alliance to one another, especially in the next couple of days. richard? >> that video reminding us of jibjab perhaps. thank you. >>> the pentagon is launching an investigation into the safety of mortars following an explosion monday night on a base in nevada. this morning the military confirmed
. president obama arrives in israel for his first visit there as president. we'll go live to jerusalem in just a few minutes. back here at home, some republicans recoil at the party's plans for the future. the chairman is in the hot seat. he'll be here live to counter his critics. >>> plus, senate leader harry reid says democrats will not have an assault weapons ban in their new gun regulation bill. and that is not sitting well with one of the top backers. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 20th, 2013. the first day of spring. come on, you like this tie. it's colorful. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert in for chuck todd who is in israel for the president. he'll be joining us from there in a few moments. president obama has arrived in the middle east to begin i had four-day tour of the region. but it's not all pomp and circumstance. difficult issues loom as the leaders prepare for meetings later today. but publicly, the focus is on what president obama called the eternal bond between the two nations. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel be
ever before. with all of this mind, i think it's safe to say president barack obama would pose the following question he may answer it slightly different today. >> what have you accomplished? >> well, a couple of key things, i think that we've restored america's standing in the world. that's confirmed by polls. >> sean: the president may want to check the polls again, in the three plus years that have passed since he made that statement, america' standing has diminished. why? because he's been interested in playing golf with tiger, palling around with jay-z and beyonce and now four years of his presidency we're able to report for the first time our commander-in-chief has finally stepped foot in israel. welcome, mr. president. earlier today the president met face-to-face with both israeli president shimone peres and benjamin bb netanyahu and took questions from his friends in the lame stream media and did not have an explanation why he's done nothing to promote peace in the middle east. >> meeting none of these challenges will be easy, ultimately it's a hard problem. it is a har
viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: president obama called on young israelis to see the world through palestinian eyes and challenged israeli and palestinian leaders to abandon formulas and habits that have blocked peace. but even amid his visit, the old threats and realities of violence were present. margaret warner reports from jerusalem. >> warner: the second day of the president's trip to israel and the west bank was met with rocket fire from one place mr. obama won't go: hamas-controlled gaza two landed in sderot, israel in a clear breach of the ceasefire between the islamist hamas faction and israel struck late last year. there were no injuries. a little-known militant group claimed responsibility, saying it wanted to show that israel could not protect its airspace during mr. obama's visit the israeli mayor of sderot said there was another message from militants to president obama: >> the message is "why you go to ramallah? we are the owners of this region. you can arrive to gaza and talk with us. why do you go to talk with abu mazen in ramallah?" >> warner: abu mazen is palesti
obama. we need do something about guns in this country. on o thursday, it was announced that dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban would be dropped. we learned it didn't matter that the majority of americans support the ban. the proposal couldn't make it past the u.s. senate. senate majority leader reid said he doesn't have the votes. didn't have the republican votes. he didn't have the democratic votes and no amount of public shaming could change that fact. >> quite honestly, i'm really aashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up, make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> with the assault weapons ban out of picture for the time being, the focus is now on those universal background checks. the overwhelming majority of americans are for universal background checks. 88% of voters say they support these checks according to the latest polling from quinnipiac. as for gun owners, 85% of gun owners support background checks. late last night majority heard harry reid issued this statement, i want to be clear in order to be
in the middle of president obama's visit to israel iran's supreme leader makes a chilling new threat. and did the u.s. secret service accidently fire a shotgun near iran's president when he was in new york? and why did iran keep it quiet all these years? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. >>> let's begin with the breaking news. the stakes couldn't be higher. president obama has warned use of chemical weapons by syria would be a game changer, his words. the u.s. has been investigating words of chemical attacks. now the first assessment shows that chemical weapons were apparently not used. let's go straight to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what's the latest? what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, i've been talking to officials all day and they tell me the initial preliminary intelligence assessment is this. chemical weapons were not used. a chemical substance may well have been. when you look at that video emerging from syrian hospitals they say it does not appear that the symptoms or the treatment match the use of chemical weapons such as outlawed nerve or blister a
it was the other side. but u.s. intelligence officials have not been able to confirm the reports. president obama has said that chemical weapons would be, quote, a gameing us for a fair d balanced discussion. congressman edroyce and the ranking member of the committee, congressman eliet engle. welcome to you both. >> thank you. >> shannon: mr. chairman, your reaction to the news that the opposition leader, backed by the syria says he's resigning because he hasn't gotten enough support? itch this is a big problem. we have finally made a decision, it's too late in the game, to use actionable intelligence it and to assist the free syrian forces on the ground. but here's why we needed to do more to assist this faction. their competition against assad is the cited franchise that operate there is, mostly foreign fighters. so if we with our intelligence and by giving the green light to our allies, if we can do more to assist the free syrian army, we can destabilize and perhaps remove assad. the sooner that happens, the better. i say that because assad now has iranian troops on the ground in syria. we do
house he put pressure on congress to pass an immigration reform bill by april. >> obama: i expect a bill to be put forward, i expect the debate to begin next month, i want to sign that bill into law as soon as possible. >> michael: there's also movement in the right direction at the state level. north carolina has abandoned its con fro ver shall a ban to put spin k stripes on the driver license's of immigrants. that in part due to the coverage we gave the issue right here on "the war room." common sense gun legislation has the support of the overwhelment whelmenting -- overwhelming number of americans. and michael bloomberg said politicians should pay the price if they are out of step with the public. >> 90% of the public want something and their representatives vote against that, common sense says they are going to have a price to pay for that. the public is going to wake up and say i want to put somebody in office that does right for this country, and we're trying to tell them who is voting for what, and then they can make their own decisions. >> michael: he
middle east visit, and president obama is set to give a major speech to the israeli people at the top of the hour. now, ahead of that speech, palestinian militants fired two rockets into southern israel from the gaza strip earlier this morning. no one was hurt. >>> meantime, the president, who has had a difficult relationship with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is getting different headlines. check this out from ""the washington post."" obama and netanyahu show unusual solidarity. "the daily beast," obama and netanyahu make peace. and from "the christian science monitor," a show of warmth. joining me is p.j. crowley. good to see you. >> hello, chris. good morning. >> evidence of this warming relationship came from the prime minister himself. let me play for you what he said. >> i think that people should get to know president obama the way i've gotten to know him. >> do you sense just from what you've seen over the last 24 hours or so, p.j., that this relationship is warming? if that's true, how important is it? >> well, it is important. you know, there are major strategic
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